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To be honest i really havent done any research on mountain biking in NL, im here with my gf for xmas from southern ontario and the weather, other than the constant lite rain, is rather warm. 8C yesterday and really nothing below frezzing for the next week.
nice change from the -20 of TO

Anyone know of any trails or areas to ride here, she's about 4 hours from st johns in marystown. but im here for almost a month so time isnt really a problem.
Any help would be great
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Riding in NL

From what I understand (and have found to be true on the west coast area) there isn't much riding to be found. Too much ATV'ing and Sledding I guess.

Sorry... but check with the local bike shop (is that Walmart in St. Johns?) to see if anything else is around.

I was in Rocky Harbour two years for Christmas, and it was +8 or so, I was jogging on Christmas day and had all my gear ready to go backcountry camping on the Long Range mountians on Boxing day..
 

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My wife & I did a 3 week road/camping trip through Newfoundland in Aug '02. We came across on the west side ferry @ Port Aux Basque, drove up to Gros Morne, spent some time there, crossed the island & spent about a week on the east coast around St John's, then went back across to spend more time hiking in Gros Morne because it was just such a spectacular park. But we were so disappointed in the Mtbiking we wished we had left the bikes at home. In Gros Morne we did hike at least 1 traill that would have been just a great mtbike trail. But because its a National Park, mtbiking is not allowed. We met 1 of the locals who says he sneaks onto the trail and rides it anyway, but we didn't want to get into that. Elswhere we found the trail system not very developed. Trails we did ride were so rocky ( great long,long boulder gardens - all loose stuff ) that it was plain unpleasant to ride. I cannot remember some of them by name anymore. We did ride some trails on the outskirts of St Johns near Pippy Park where we were camped while in the city. Very similar conditions. All in all a huge disappointment compared to central Ontario trails that I am used to. Having said all that, we just loved Newfoundland. The hiking, sea kayaking and scenery cannot be beat. And the ambience was super good, not all this tourist trap stuff you get most other places these days. I personally suggest forget the bike and do all the other stuff available. Time of year is a limiting factor for you, maybe the bar scene in St John's is your best option!!! BTW, we did stop at a bike shop (looked to be a good shop) on the main street in St Johns and got a booklet on local trails - but we never found any real good riding.
 

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From what I understand (and have found to be true on the west coast area) there isn't much riding to be found. Too much ATV'ing and Sledding I guess.

Sorry... but check with the local bike shop (is that Walmart in St. Johns?) to see if anything else is around.
Funny, but no Wal-Mart isn't the local bike shop in St. John's. There's a bunch of bike shops in St. John's. Freeride Mountain Sports (Norco/Santa Cruz Dealer), Canary Cycles (Trek/Specialized/Kona Dealer), and Earle Industries (Giant/Norco/RockyMountain Dealer).

I'm sure riding in Newfoundland is nothing compared to what's in other provinces, but it's definitely growing around here. There's a good few trails on the East Coast around St. John's and even more trails in the mountains on the West Coast.

The weather is pretty crappy during this time of the year I must say, and it's safe to say a lot of riders have given up riding for the Winter months.
 

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I'm originally from NF. The riding there is fun, but it depends what you're into. Rough XC/all mountain riding that you can do for hours is where its at in Newfoundland. It can be pretty punishing. The road riding is great, but the head winds can take the juice out of your legs real fast. The hills are tiny, so long DH runs are few and far between, at least on the east coast.

Be prepared for rocks, rocks, and more rocks.
 

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I am from Newfoundland myself, i live on the west coast. Riding is very popular throughout Newfoundland and it would be a fairly cool place to visit. There are many local bike shops such as TnT Bicycles in Corner Brook or Canary Cycles in St.Jhons and if you are biking for the sightseeing St.jhons is the place to go. If you are a freerider many local kids have created their own unique jumps and trails , i am a freerider myself and i have built many fun stunts which are quite fun. I have took the time to sign up just for this post to tell you that Newfoundland is a great place to ride :)
 

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Lots of riding to be done in the St. John's area. The White Hills area, which is right in the city, has 8 or 9 very technical DH/FR type trails, with more being developed all the time. There is miles of very technical XC/Trail riding at places like Pippy Park, Richmond Hill and Kenmount Hill. Lots of rocks and roots. Anyone not from the area would have difficulty finding the good stuff, so if you're coming check out the local sites and/or shops. Someone will surely take you for a challenging and fun ride. The FR/DH scene is really taking off down here.

Check out this for a local site with lots of pics. Trailheadz can be pretty sleepy, but this site has a bit more action....

www.newfoundlandmountainsports.com

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I just picked up a FisherBikes catalouge from SportSwap...
Suprised to find 6 pages praising Newfie as an unknown riding mecca.
The pictures/terrain/overall landscape look Fabulous.
Are you Newfies happy to have Gary tell the world your secret??
 

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I just picked up a FisherBikes catalouge from SportSwap...
Suprised to find 6 pages praising Newfie as an unknown riding mecca.
The pictures/terrain/overall landscape look Fabulous.
Are you Newfies happy to have Gary tell the world your secret??
I think most of us are delighted by this. We've known about our primo singletrack for years, it's about time the word got out. It's also nice to have the place shown in a positive light... I ran into Sterling Lorence and the riders (can't remember their names now) on the trail when they were here for the shoot and they couldn't stop talking about how sweet the riding was. There aren't any pictures of the gnarly stuff in the Fisher catalog... :D Lots of good FR/DH terrain around here and the 'XC' stuff is all very technical. The weather sucks mightily, though....
 

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So how many days of riding is there in Newfoundland in terms of XC trails? Mountain bike trails but not all double-track road riding and also not DH riding. Could I plan a week vacation to Newfoundland and include 3 or 4 days of solid XC riding/exploring? On other days, ride road and do other 'activities' besides cycling?

Is there anybody in Southern Ontario who has gone riding in Newfoundland? It would be great if somebody from Southern Ontario has feedback on how the xc trails in newfoundland compare. I would love comparisons to the Don Valley trails and Durham Forest or other 'race' courses in Southern Ontario etc.
 

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So how many days of riding is there in Newfoundland in terms of XC trails? Mountain bike trails but not all double-track road riding and also not DH riding. Could I plan a week vacation to Newfoundland and include 3 or 4 days of solid XC riding/exploring? On other days, ride road and do other 'activities' besides cycling?

Is there anybody in Southern Ontario who has gone riding in Newfoundland? It would be great if somebody from Southern Ontario has feedback on how the xc trails in newfoundland compare. I would love comparisons to the Don Valley trails and Durham Forest or other 'race' courses in Southern Ontario etc.
I can really only speak of the trails near St. John's because that's where I live. Newfoundland's a big island with population centres spread quite far apart. I hear there are a lot of good trails in the Corner Brook area but that's 700km from here so it's not really a day trip. ;)

Depending on how much actual riding you plan to do, I'd say there's a solid couple or three days worth of riding (primarily singletrack) around St. John's. Sections of the East Coast Trail are rideable and these offer spectacular views as well as lots of nice singletrack. Bikes are "officially" not allowed on the trails but we're working towards having them allowed. There haven't been any issues between MTBers and the ECT people, they're mostly tolerant. It's really rugged terrain so there are spots where hike-a-bike is mandatory.

There are also several other areas with lots of singletrack: White Hills in the East end, Southside Hills in the West end and Pippy Park in the North. There is active building and maintenance of MTB-specific trails in White Hills and the Southside Hills. It's slow going because the scene's pretty small but we're slowly developing some primo singletrack.

As for the terrain, it's very rugged with lots of rock and short steep hills and ravines, which makes for very technical trails. For reference, I've ridden the Hydrocut in Waterloo and Hardwood Hills and there is nothing even remotely like that here. No smooth hardpack at all, really. All of the singletrack is really techy. Steep ups and downs, lots of pointy rocks and roots and a fair amount of bare rock. . It's also hard to find if you're not connected with a local or two. There is a trail guide available but it's a bit out of date. If you do decide to come here drop me a PM and I'd be happy to show you the trails.

There are lots of other things to do. Plenty of hikes to do and I'd highly recommend sea kayaking which can be done around St. John's. There are also whale watching tours (humpbacks) but they're better seen from a kayak. If you're heading to the west coast, Gros Morne NP is a must-see. Lots of hiking and kayaking to be done around there too and probably some riding to be done. St. John's is an old town so there's lots of historical/architectural stuff as well, if you're interested in that.

Come in July or August, you'll have a better chance of good weather.

Here are a few images of a recent trail build day and one of me riding one of the "XC" trails to give you an idea of the terrain we have here.











Hope this was helpful.
 

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Ok, now that's helpful. Thanks for the info. Not quite sure what I'm doing, but, I was planning to take my vacation the week of Canada Day, June 27th to July 5th-ish. I could do the Civic holiday week instead, but, I am going to try and stick with that week. I don't really know where I'm going, but I need to plan it all soon. The pic's you show look a bit like some of the sheild xc in near-north Ontario, such as Buckwallow, etc. I'm sure it would be doable to visit and get at least 2 or 3 days of xc riding in, and do other stuff the rest of the time. Thanks again for the excellent feedback.
 

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Bumping this thread because Im headed to St Johns in August.

I brought my MTB last time I was in NFLD - drove out and covered the whole island from Port Au Basque to Corner Brook to Gros Morne to St Johns to Bonavista. Last time I was out I rode the most in Corner Brook - killer hills and a reasonably developed trail system (15 years ago).

This year we are flying and then renting a car. Im unsure which bike I will bring, road or MTB??? We are going to be in St Johns but may make it to Bonavista - but no where else.

Anyone have any suggestions?
 

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There was another long NFLD thread that poked up here around Xmas time. It had some epic snow riding pictures. I wonder if I can dig it up...

Edit: Found it!
 

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Some good pictures of Richmond there Mark!

But, if I was going to spout about trails in NL, I would certainly have to mention Torbay-Flatrock!

We have an endless amount of coastline single track here. Some ridable, some not. But what is, is beautiful. And I'd never trade it off for smooth hardpack!
 

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I'm from Newfoundland and I'm heading back this June for a vacation. I'd planned a backcountry backpacking trip but the trail I wanted to do is closed when I'm there so we're thinking of bringing bikes instead.

I've ridden the White Hills trails and although they are spectacular, I have to admit that the gnarly drops and vertigo-inducing cliffhanging are not my cup of tea, although I'm sure I'll go back and give them another shot regardless. That was 5 or 6 years ago so they might be entirely different now.

What are the other trails around St. John's like? I seem to remember trails somewhere in Shea Heights, do those still exist? Pippy Park was always a pretty easy out and back when I lived there - mostly double track with a good deal of mud. What's it like now? How about Corner Brook, anything good there and where's the best shop to find guides or info?

Any help would be great.

Cheers!
 
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